Thujopsis dolobrata 'Variegata' - Variegated Elk Horn Cedar
This plant is
also known as False Arborvitae, or Hiba Arborvitae - which is why we
chose to list it with all our other Arborvitae varieties. Thujopsis dolobrata is native to central Japan, and was introduced into America back in 1861. Has rather
thick, widely branched foliage which in our opinion somewhat resembles
elk horns when larger. Has a very heavy, almost "chunky" texture when compared to a true Thuja ( Arborvitae ). Truly a very unusual look. Has nice dark green
foliage with bright, pure white splotches - a great contrast. These
plants look just great as a group planting (3 or 4 in a group). Prefers a spot with equal parts sun and shade. Extreme sun exposure can cause the variegated potions of the foliage to scorch, or burn. Very hard plant to find, but
definitely worth keeping in your landscape.
Slower growth than the regular non-variegated Thujopsis dolobrata, and in severe weather conditions ( extreme cold / wind, extreme heat, etc ) some burning of the variegated portions of the foliage has been observed. Best planting location would be in a spot with good sun exposure - but in warmer climates, you may want to search out a spot with a bit of a break from the hottest, midday sun to prevent burning of variegation. Also consider exposure to any strong, cold wintry winds when choosing a spot for this variety - giving preference to sheltered locations.
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height :
8 - 12 ft
--Mature Width :
7 - 10 ft
--Growth Rate :
Slow to Moderate ( 4" - 7" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 9, zone 5 possible if sheltered. ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure :
Mostly sun to mostly shade. Good sun exposure is recommended for best color & growth rate, but in warmer zones / climates it is wise to give this plant a break from the hot intense midday sun to prevent sunburn..........especially on the variegated portions.
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic & fertile - well drained. Mulching strongly recommended.
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Fairly rigid, thick textured foliage - although not as heavy as the standard, non- variegated version of Thujopsis dolobrata. Base color is good, dark green - variegation is bright, pure white. Good contrast.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
1/2" - 3/4" long cones are occasionally seen on older, mature specimens. Cones contain winged seeds.
--Diseases / Insects :
No serious disease / pest threats have been noted for this variety.
--Recommended Spacing : No specific spacing recommendations - depends on planting application
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.